The French protest movement “Nuit Debout” (Up All Night) plans to go international, urging people around Europe and the world to take to the streets to protest austerity, among many other grievances, on May 15.
In the photo: A woman faces French anti riot policemen as they block the access to the Place de la Republique after protesters taking part in the Nuit Debout (Up All Night) movement in Paris, on May 1, 2016.
The French protest movement “Nuit Debout” (Up All Night) plans to go international, urging people around Europe and the world to take to the streets to protest austerity, among many other grievances, on May 15.
The call for a “global day of action” was published on the movement’s social networks’ pages on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #GlobalDebout.
“We call on people’s movements across the world to mobilize for justice and real democracy on the weekend of May 15, 2016 for a #GLOBALDEBOUT,” the event’s descriptions states.
The aim of the global movement would be to arrange local “autonomous” protests linked by an issue that is urgent for the region, be it austerity, low wages or jobs. An international meeting with activists from around Europe was held at Paris’ Place de la Republique on Saturday, which called to share experience “in order to build a common struggle in Europe.”
It’s only been a couple of months since the youth-led movement Nuit Debout started, but some of the protests have been turbulent: in April, more than 20 demonstrators were injured in Rennes, and police used tear gas to disperse the protests all over the country.
Thousands gathered all over France on April 9, and the movement drew comparison with the Occupy demonstrations in the US.
The protests have taken place in Paris, Marseille, Rouen, Rennes, Toulouse, and other cities.
The movement’s Facebook page has got over 50,000 “likes” in less than 10 days. Currently, the page has over 130,000 followers.
It all started on March 31, after some 400,000 people marched in several cities across France to protest the proposed labor reform that would make it easier for employers to fire workers. Since then it grew into wider anti-government protests, with demonstrators expressing their grievances over a wide range of issues.
It is 2015, a large part of the population has withdrawn to heavily guarded islands of comfort.
- Technological eco-systems created by single companies relieve us from the burden of choosing our own mobile phones, computers or fitness trackers and understanding how they work. We let their commercial interests decide, which media outlets, news bulletins and expressions of opinion we notice and which are accepted by the globally valid terms of service.
- Filter bubbles take the pain away of thinking for ourselves. Strongly opinionated agitators provide acceptable sources of information and handy concepts of an enemy.
-Communities of states, just recently lauded with a nobel peace prize, take the moral duty from us, having to think about the costs of our wealth: They erect walls, experiment with biometrics and discuss firing orders – finally easing the fear they monger every day.
- Every day politics are taking away the burden of social responsibility, participation or even scrutiny: By arranging treaties behind closed doors setting in stone for which there appears to be no alternative.
- Transnational surveillance systems help us to pre-emptively separate our fellow human beings into good and evil, beneficials and useless ones. I our cozy cherished sociosphere full of barely prevented terror attacks and career defining social networks we devotedly seize the opportunity never to cultivate a conscience of our own. Subversives, dissenters and outliers disturbing our harmony are automatically and systematically blocked, arrested, harrassed or placed in their very own filter bubble.
- The guardians of our networks and browsers take away the difficult decisions, which connections are expendable. We get to enjoy those providers that can afford us and are supplied with exactly the services and speed we are entitled to.
The Congress gives us the space to do the things ourselves. To discuss for ourselves, to think for ourselves, to decide for ourselves and to tinker on our own. Our own gated community helps us against some of the bullshit bingo of the outside world.
As a tenured academic I am one of the last of an almost extinct social class – the bourgeois. Unlike the capitalist, who owns capital, the bourgeois is the professional who keeps the superstructures of capitalism going, including those of art and knowledge. Our job is to be a superstructure that reproduces the infrastructure. As such our views are always aligned in some manner with this function.
I mention this by way of framing these notes on the recently translated tract by the Invisible Committee, To Our Friends (Semiotext(e), 2015). To be vulgar-Marxist about it: my class location determines in advance that I will not accept its theses. They are interesting theses, however, and worth a look. This text is not as bracing and astringent as the earlier Invisible Committee text, The Coming Insurrection (Semiotext(e), 2009) which really is a classic of the radical tract genre. The more recent one really does seem to have been written by committee, despite the anti-bureaucratic gestures.
Maandag is niet voor niks onze favoriete dag van de week: vandaag verwelkomen we o.a. Rutger Bregman en uitgeverij De Bezige Bij!
10:00 – 12:00 General Assembly 12:00 – 14:00 Future Planet Studies – Bridging the Divide Across Faculties: Workshop on Exploring Common Challenges and Creative Solutions 14:00 – 15:00 Lezing door Nima Madjzubi: Command Structure and Rendement: Governance of the Dutch Higher Education Reform 15:00 – 16:00 Lezing door Ron Smit – Presentatie Leefbaar Basisinkomen en Directie Democratie (No Press Room) 16:00 – 17:00 Meeting ReThink UvA 16.00 – 16.30 Niels Harmsen: Monetaire revolutie: Introductie Cryptogeld (Cinema Room) 16:30 – 17:00 Lezing FNV Jong: Bouw een Beweging van Jonge Werknemers voor Hoger Loon & Betere Contracten (Cinema Room) 17:00 – 18:00 Think! Humanities – Kati Röttger “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge” 18:30 – 20:00 Karel van Wolferen – Untruths About the Ukraine and Greece: Europe’s Two Existential Crises 20:00 – 20:15 Boekenschenking van Uitgeverij Bezige Bij 20:15 – 21:30 Rutger Bregman: De Terugkeer van de Utopie 21:30 – 23:30 General Assembly 22:30 – 23:30 Legal Talk AG
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Vandaag is bachelordag! Er zijn kraampjes en activiteiten. Alle middelbareschoolstudenten zijn welkom om te ervaren hoe school op de Nieuwe Universiteit is.
10:00 – 12:00 Algemene Vergadering (Keuken) 11:00 – 12:00 Africaanse danscursus (Cinema Room) 12:00 – 13:30 Lezing door David Graeber: Weerstand in een tijd van totale bureaucratisering (Main Hall) 13:30 – 14:00 Lunch 17:00 – 18:00 Lezing door Abulhassan Al-Jaberi: Dutch Military mission in Mali (Main Hall) 18:00 – 19:00 Lezing door Peyman Jafari. Power and Protest: how can the 99% win? (Main Hall) 19:00 – 20:00 Eten 20.00 – 21.00 Lecture by Caroline Nevejan: Zonder lege tijd geen creativiteit (Main Hall) 21:00 – 23:00 Algemene Vergadering (Keuken) 21:00 – 21:45 Live muziek: ‘Morgan Freeman’ (Main Hall)
Today is bachelor day! There are stands and activities. All high school students are welcome to learn what school is like at the New University.
10:00 – 12:00 General Assembly (Kitchen) 11:00 – 12:00 African dance workshop (Cinema Room) 12:00 – 13:30 Lecture by David Graeber: Resistance in a time of total bureaucratization (Main Hall) 13:30 – 14:00 Lunch 17:00 – 18:00 Lecture by Abulhassan Al-Jaberi: Dutch Military mission in Mali (Main Hall) 18:00 – 19:00 Lecture by Peyman Jafari. Power and Protest: how can the 99% win? (Main Hall) 19:00 – 20:00 Food 20.00 – 21.00 Lecture by Caroline Nevejan: Zonder lege tijd geen creativiteit (Main Hall) 21:00 – 23:00 General Assembly (Kitchen) 21:00 – 21:45 Live music: ‘Morgan Freeman´ (Main Hall)
And here’s today’s program! We are already working on the program for the weekend and we will probably have some nice surprises. For now we´re happy to announce that tomorrow (Saturday) 12 o’clock David Graeber will be speaking in the Maagdenhuis!
Programme Day 9:
09:00 – 11:00 College door Amade M’charek and Donya Ahmadi: What’s the Use of Race (Main Hall)
10:00 – 17:00 Workshop door Jonas Staal, Rob Schroder, Matthijs de Bruijne, Marnix de Klerk and Golrokh Nafis: Art and Social Movements: designing for the New University (2.23) 11:00 – 13:00 Lezing door Freek Janssens: Urban struggle (Main Hall) 11:00 – 13:00 Algemene Vergadering (Keuken) 12:00 – 13.00 Legal Talk AG (No Press Room) 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 15:00 Boekpresentatie door Bram Wanrooij: The Egyptian revolution: a personal account. (Main Hall) 15:00 – 16:00 African dance workshop (Keuken) 16:00 – 17:00 Wellness 17:00 – 18:30 Steunconcert door een geimproviseerd orkest bestaande uit de orkesten: Sweelinck, Crea-orkest, Vu-orkest (Main Hall) 21:00 – 23:00 Algemene Vergadering (Keuken) 22.00 – 23.00 Legal Talk AG (No Press Room) Nodig al je vrienden uit en blijf de pagina in de gaten houden voor updates! Tot dan!
09:00 – 11:00 Lecture by Amade M’charek and Donya Ahmadi: What’s the Use of Race (Main Hall)
10:00 – 17:00 Workshop by Jonas Staal, Rob Schroder, Matthijs de Bruijne, Marnix de Klerk and Golrokh Nafis: Art and Social Movements: designing for the New University (2.23) 11:00 – 13:00 Seminar by Freek Janssens: Urban struggle (Main Hall) 11:00 – 13:00 General Assembly (Kitchen) 12:00 – 13.00 Legal Talk AG (No Press Room) 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 15:00 Book presentation by Bram Wanrooij: The Egyptian revolution: a personal account. (Main Hall) 15:00 – 16:00 African dance workshop (Kitchen) 16:00 – 17:00 Wellness 17:00 – 18:30 Support concert by an improvised orchestra that is combined from: Sweelinck, Crea-orkest, Vu-orkest (Main Hall) 21:00 – 23:00 General Assembly (Kitchen) 22.00 – 23.00 Legal Talk AG (No Press Room)
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Support and stand in solidarity with this critical and historical occupation and the resistance of the Dutch and international students, who are being over exploited in the ‘market’ while they are programmed to be exploited more as future labour force. Their resistance and efforts to build liberated future models at the occupied Maagdenhuis, the head office of the largest university-industrial complex in the Netherlands, the sinking last welfare state, deserve massive support from the academic knowledge workers, as well as unions, labour activists from around the world.
If you are far to the Spui Straat 12, visit their website: The New University – http://newuni.nl/
"We are here not only to commonify the disciplinary education and liberate knowledge commons and the labour of the knowledge workers, but to turn the entire model upside down and inside out and replace globally with emancipatory knowledge production and socialisation apparatus designed by and for the producing classes."
This is an appeal for a individual and institutional crowdfunding and collaboration campaign to realize the 2nd International Networked Labour event, this time in Tunis, during the World Social Forum, in March 2015.
Besided we welcome all kinds of technical, logistical, creativity, design, physical labour and knowledge based contributions, especially from interested creative communites and cooperatives and their members from around the world.
The estimated budget, as well as the participatory tools and mechanisms that can be used to follow and join the event from a distance will be published here, during the second part of February 2015: http://www.networkedlabour.net/
If you are interested in collaborating please contact us directly by emailing at networkedlabour [at] networg [dot] nl
The form of the self-organisation of the global working classes needs to be well grounded, transnational, and global at the same time. It needs to be open and welcoming to all working people, meaning free to enter, criticize, leave, or fork. It needs to be designed as modularly integrated organized networks of social – environmental – cultural – informational – sexual so on justice movements and issue focused activists. Adoptable principles, the ‘code’, and process protocols can be pre-determined, yet the code and proocols and processes them selves has to be well documented, totally open to local, workplace, neighbourhood, issue based, activists or other sort of political collectives composed of peer nodes. It is in a way similar to the form of Anonymous, Occupy or other decentralized forms of network movements, but with more awareness on the structure and openness of the working and governing protocols. So in between these and FLOSS projects, or grassroots and worker cooperatives. It sould not be based on membership and fee. It should not be organized by intellectual activists from out side in, and from top down towards the working class. With an opposite perspective, it should be designed by volunteer participation based on self-governing principles. It should be able to put forward creative, assertive and effective direct non-violent mass action, which makes fun of and ridicule the target. Active peer to peer self-learninig should be the core cultural production and learning principle, instead of having teachers who must show the right and enlightented road to the candidate working class members, who needs to get a self-consciousness. Instead a global and networked labour union should be providing working people with the access to the tools, resources and key networks that would make self- empowerment easily possible. By linking spaces where continious open exchanges take place and carry the energy from one space to other. Utilizing How to(s), Do it Yourself and Do it With Others guides, in online and real world context, by FLOSS communication tools as well as mass-action tactics it would replace top down (issue-anger-action) organizing model, which would allow self-articulation, respectful and collaborative working praxis by harmonized through peer to peer digital communication -where possible and desirable, as well as face to face and secure meetings, cultural and recreational events cultural events. It should be collaboraing with other organizations, creative and productive projects that undermines capitalist mode of production and develop the algorithms and codes of alternative modes, as operating systems that could replace capitalism. Such global network needs to grow by linking existing radical networks groups of activists, hackers, organizers, makers, DIY groups, squatters, eco-willages, diggers, immigrants, asylum seekers, solidarity networks, and so on. In a way all nodes could associate with the globally networked ties, while keeping their autonomy.
THE CATALAN INTEGRAL COOPERATIVE (OR CIC) IS A POLITICAL PROJECT SEEKING TO UNITE CONSUMER AND LABOR INITIATIVES. The CIC’s objective is to generate a self-managed, post-capitalist society based on P2P principles and environmental and social realities. To achieve this, they decided to adapt the transition plan originally written for Ecuador’s FLOKSociety project in the Summer of 2014.
From the core work group of the CIC in this area we have suggested that they collaborate with us to tailor a plan of this type for the development of CIC in the following 5-10 years. The objective is not as a theoretical approximation, but to contribute towards identifying and developing key strategic projects that might enable the production of tangible and intangible commons to become one of the reference characteristics of the CIC’s approach to production.
The Catalan Integral Cooperative on their forthcoming implementation of the Commons Transition Plan.
WHAT’S THE CIC?
(extracted from the CIC’s website)
An Integral Cooperative is a tool to create a grassroots counterpower departing from self-management, self-organization and direct democracy, and one that would help overcome the actual state of dependency on the structures of the system, towards a scenario of liberty full awareness, free of authority, and in which everyone could flourish under equal conditions and opportunities.
It is a constructive proposal for disobedience and widespread self-managment to rebuild our society in a bottom-up maner (in every field and in an integral way) and recover the affective human relationships of proximity based on trust.
Cooperative, as a project practicing the economical and political self-management with the equal participation of all its members. Also, because it takes the same legal form.
Integral, to bring together all the basic elements of an economy such as production, consumption, funding and a local currency. And at the same time, because it wants to integrate all the activity sectors necessary to survive: food, housing, health, education, energy, transport…
Catalan because it is organized and works mainly in the territorial scope of Catalonia.
Wireless technology enables today the creation of local offline networks, which can operate outside the public Internet. Even when the Internet is easily accessible, such local wireless networks form an interesting alternative, autonomous, option for communication, which 1) ensures that all connected devices are in de facto physical proximity, 2) offers opportunities and novel capabilities for creative combinations of virtual and physical contact, 3) enables free, anonymous and easy access, without the need for pre-installed applications or any credentials, and 4) can create feelings of ownership and independence, and lead to the appropriation of the hybrid space in the long-run.
In other words, local wireless networks provide the technological means for more participatory processes, benefiting from the grassroots engagement of citizens in implementing the smart city vision through novel forms of social networking, crowd sourcing, and citizen science. But for these possibilities to be materialized there are many practical, social, political, and economic challenges that need to be addressed, and which require the involvement of researchers and practitioners from different fields and backgrounds.
This workshop wishes to build on a recent successful interdisciplinary Dagstuhl seminar on “Do-It-Yourself networking”, which brought together a highly diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and activists to reflect on related technological and social issues. We made a first step to bridge the communication gap between those that build the technology (computer scientists, engineers, and hackers) and those that understand better the complex urban environment where this technology will be deployed (social and political scientists, urban planners, designers, and artists), as described in our final report.
This is a famous picture of Lenin playing chess with Alexander Bogdanov while Gorky looks on. Bogdanov won. According to Gorky, Lenin was a bit of a sore loser about it. But then Lenin did manage to checkmate Bogdanov's influence in the Bolshevik faction and have him thrown out, so in the long run Lenin won everthing.
Bogdanov would be remembered in the Soviet Union mainly through Lenin's attacks on him, in Lenin's book Materialism and Empirio-Criticism. This version of the photo is one of those creepy ones in which several other people have been erased. Bogdanov's fate was in some ways even worse: officially designated as The One Who Had The Wrong Philosophy.
This sort of thing always makes me curious. Who was Bogdanov? What was his life and work all about? Not reading Russian, it was hard to find out. Not much is in translation, and still less is in print. His magnificent utopian novel, Red Star, is available from Indiana University Press, at least as an ebook. Fortunately there is now a resource page for rare, out of print material in English and French.
So why Bogdanov? Firstly, for his revival of the utopian imagination in the light of Marx. He understood the emotional power of a promised land, but unlike Gorky was not tempted by 'God Building'. He was more interested in opening the imaginative faculties to thinking about this world. His utopia, even though set on Mars, is practical.
Secondly, for Proletkult. Bogdanov initiated a mass movement in 1917 that tried to become a counter-power to the state, but whose mission was proletarian culture. How could the people learn to organize themselves and their world? How could the literary classics of the past, even Shakespeare, be a way of learning what organization is? Proletkult was about learning forms of self-organization that can exist outside of capital and the state.
Thirdly, his tektology. How can al organizational tasks, whether the organzing of labor's relation to nature, or the organizing of different kinds of labor with each other, share and develop knowledge? Bogdanov thought that after the revolution, the real organizational work was just starting, and that the real question was labor's relation to nature.
We don't have that luxury. We are going to have to figure out a new relation between labor and nature while capitalism -- or whatever this mode of production is -- still lumbers along, turning everything into the commodity. But I think Bogdanov is a useful guide to thinking and organizing otherwise. After all, as I show in Molecular Red, he almost figured out anthrogenic climate change.
Sometimes to take three steps forward, one needs to take two steps backward, back toward what for Paolo Virno is the potential of history, but sometimes too to return to particular resources for moving forwards. And so, back to Bogdanov -- for the win.
Standing together in solidarity with #Blockupy swarm action targeting the new Troika Towers opening in Frankfurt which cost billions of Euro to the people
Kom, kijk, en discussier mee! Come, watch and discuss together!
There will be an all day screening of the live streams coming from Frankfurt, where the 3rd international #Blockupy action will be taking place tomorrow 18th of March. The swarm action will be targeting the Troika’s new HQ, the new ECB towers, that cost billions of Euros to the people. Next to the screening, tomorrow the DNU TV will be going On Air with a test broadcast. Our format and program will be collaboratively and openly constructed by the students, artists, activists, all others who are standing together with us and liberate the #Maagdenhuis everyday again and again from the predatory greed of the market players and grow the seeds of hope at Spui 21. We will be bringing deliberative political debates, from the daily program of the Maagdenhuis, besides the selected videos, films, musics, art performances, teach-ins, and spontaneous interviews amongst others.
Contact person: Orsan Senalp (networg.nl)Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWG online spaces: PADsCentral Pad:https://titanpad.com/PeerProducingFLOSandCommonsUniversityWGProgram Board:https://titanpad.com/PeerProducingFLOSandCommonsUniversityWGProgramBoardMeeting Minutes / Decisions:https://titanpad.com/PeerProducingFLOSandCommonsUniversityWGMinutesLoomio: https://www.loomio.org/g/R3eZtGlm/p2p-flos-commons-university-wg-dnu-re-think-uvaE-list: … in progressObjective: To design and implement ‘the new university’ in a way it is grounded and working at the #Maagdenuis and p2p networked to outside world, now. It’s form, content / cirriculum, and governance will be peer produced, as in some of the free/libre and open source projects, where people can produce, shared, and disseminate knowledge as a commons, by each participants. What we have in mind is to construct an working ‘emancipatory’ model, where students and academic workers, of UvA and in general, empowers each other and delivers emancipatory knowledge for the use of broader society. Such model needs to be thought in binary opposition to the current ‘disciplinary’ model that is designed to maintain the status-quo that favors the rich, powerful, greedy, a-social, destructive, and boring ruling classes. Therefore one criteria for the new networked university we have, is the emancipatory empowerment of all the participating nodes. Report from the first meeting: First meeting was held on 7 March, 14:00 pm, in the Cafeteira/Kitchen. * We initially decided to hold 3 regular meetings per week (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), at the same time (14:00) and same place (@Cafeteria / in case it is too niosy @Cinema in the Room 223), to work further and put the ideas in practice. * Some of us will be attending in the earliest GA to report back updates -either on the same evening or the next day. * Before Wednesday 11 March, we will prepare and secure online and physical infrastructure to communicate the program as we build, including course flow, initator, contact info, space, so on. The infrastructure will be composed of an online pad (titanpad) and physical large board somewhere visible at the maagdenhuis (fixed location). * Who ever like to initiate or take place in the classes would send email to the WG, add info in the board or pad, or join in the WG meetings to make a proposal. Classes and the program will be nioticed at the GA as updates. Initiators are obliged to meet the criteria by letting us know how and why their course/class/skillshare..etc. intiative is emancipatory, in a sense we mentioned above. * We would seek to work closely with media, program and networking groups of the DNU and Re-Think UvA. * Another initial idea is to think further on the idea of embedding such knowledge liberation practice into a broader cooperative and solidarity economy frame-network
First Session of the ‘Tools and tactics of networked solidarity, collaboration and information exchange’ skillshare-circle at the occupied #maagdenhuis.
It will be experimental and self-organised by GNUnion/GNLU and De Nieuwe Universiteit occupiers in order to deliberately free, liberate and open source emancipatory knowledge production process, and commonify its product.
When: 17:00, 6 Mar 2015
Where: Occupied @Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam
This first session will be on focusing on using online organising tools systematically? for occupations, mobilisations, and further local, national, regional and transnational solidarity networking and organising. We will start with a brief intro, welcoming and short checking-in, then move on building up on participants’ existing practical and analytical knowledge and opinions on the topic. Starting from concrete simple, abstracting towards more complex situations, and come back down to earth with some concrete ‘deliverable’ toolkit and tactical options for the occupation in Maagdenhuis.
Online participation will be networked and organized via Organizing Network of Union Solidarity International (usilive.org)
12:00 – 13:00 Legal Talk AG 12:00 – 14:00 Algemene vergadering 14:00 – 15:30 Werkgroep van Natalie Scholz: ‘”Menselijk kapitaal moet niet stil staan.” Discourse-analyse van het UvA-managment. 14:30 – 15:00 Lezing van Ton Heerts (Voorman FNV) 16:00 – 17:00 Krisis: alternatieve vormen van publicatie en toegankelijke publicaties 17:00 – 18:00 Vrije tijd 18:00 – 19:00 Lezing van Ali Al-Jaberi: van Tahirplein naar het Maagdenhuis: Kapitalisme, empire en racisme. 19:00 – 20:00 Lezing van Geert Lovink: internetcultuur voorbij privacyvraagstukken. 20:00 – 21:00 Lezing van Marli Huijer (aanstaand denkeres des vaderland): excellentie binnen het universitair onderwijs. 21:00 – 23:00 Algemene vergadering 21:00 – 23:00 Filmvertoning ‘Jonas will be 25 in the year 2000′. 22:00 – 23:00 Legal Talk AG
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Everybody is invited!
12:00 – 13:00 Legal Talk AG 12:00 – 14:00 General Assembly 14:00 – 15:30 Seminar by Natalie Scholz: ‘”Human capital must not stand still.” Analysing the discourse of UvA-management 14:30 – 15:00 Talk by Ton Heerts (Chairman FNV) 16:00 – 17:00 Krises: alternative forms of publications and open access 17:00 – 18:00 Wellness Time 18:00 – 19:00 Lecture by Ali Al-Jaberi: From Tahir square to the Maagdenhuis: capitalism, empire, racism. 19:00 – 20:00 Lecture by Geert Lovink: Internet culture beyond privacy concerns. 20:00 – 21:00 Lecture by Marli Huijer (forthcoming Thinkeres of the Netherlands): Excellence in the univeristy. 21:00 – 23:00 General Assembly 21:00 – 23:00 Filmscreening ‘Jonas will be 25 in the year 2000′. 22:00 – 23:00 Legal Talk AG
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We are developing software for transitioning to the next economy. Not this economy, the next economy.
The next economy must be driven by human and ecological needs rather than profit. And it will be networked.
The term Value Network was coined by Verna Allee. The Open part was added by Sensorica. We've been working as partners with them on our latest (and we think greatest) software project for the past year and a half. You can see it in action here and get the software here.Here are some concept/tutorial slideshows.
The Sensorica open value network comes out of the global trend towards open source hardware and commons-based peer to peer (P2P) production. They offer anyone in the world a chance to contribute to their creations, and be rewarded in proportion to their contributions.
Sensorica's unique contribution to the next economy is the "Value Equation", where instead of the boss taking a profit, the income is distributed to the contributors using a democratically-decided equation. This has yet to be fully worked out, either in Sensorica or our software, but we think it is a transformative idea.
We're also working with other groups who want to use the same software: the Guerrilla Media Collective of Spain, the Tanzania Innovation Portfolio, the APRUS Drone group, and the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network close to home in SW Wisconsin.
Support GNUnion and the network of emancipatory projects we are engaged in anyway you can. Most preferably by joining your hands, hearts and minds with us, so that we can walk together towards a commons humanity, to overcame all kinds of alienations in dignity.
In case you like to support our work financially, the amount you donate will be used to cover the project related costs. Amount over due will be shared with or donated to sister collaborative communities that are developing similar projects and working for a commons humanity like us.
Hackers, makers, workers, farmers, designers, squatters, and all communities stitching One Big Mesh Network for the Emanication of Labour and the Commons
The information society has come with the promise to restore information as a commons. The promise has not yet proven true. Instead, we face trends towards the commercialisation and commoditisation of all information; towards the totalisation of surveillance and the extension of the battlefield to civil society through information warfare; towards disinfotainment overflow; towards a collapse of the technological civilisation itself.
The Vienna Summit is a multi-conference and is at the same time the 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.
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